Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Is Yet Another Relegated Stoke City Player To Make The Champions League Semi-Finals
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's winner for Paris Saint-Germain means he's about to join the most bizarre list in football - relegated Stoke City players to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
The Cameroon international popped up with a to give his side a last gasp 2-1 victory over Atalanta in last night's quarter-final clash.
English football fans will remember him for an underwhelming spell with The Potters during the 2017/2018 season, when he scored five goals all season as his side's nine year stay in the Premier League came to an end.
But he sealed a move to PSG and is set to become the eigth man from Stoke's relegated side to play deep in Europe's elite competition.
If Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting plays in the next round, it will mean the relegated Stoke squad of 2017-18 had players who played in the 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019 & 2020 Champions League semi-finals.
- Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) August 12, 2020
The list extends as far back as 2005 and Richard Jolly has uncovered every player.
Check out every player below with bold text indicating the team each player represented.
2005 - Glen Johnson (Chelsea vs Liverpool)
2007 - Peter Crouch (Liverpool vs Chelsea)
2008 - Darren Fletcher (Manchester United vs Barcelona)
2009 - Darren Fletcher (Manchester United vs Arsenal)
2009 - Bojan Krkic (Barcelona vs Chelsea)
2010 - Bojan Krkic (Barcelona vs Inter Milan)
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2011 - Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona vs Real Madrid)
2011 - Darren Fletcher (Manchester United vs Schalke)
2013 - Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich vs Barcelona)
2015 - Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid vs Juventus)
2016 - Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid vs Manchester City)
2019 - Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool vs Barcelona)
2020 - Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris Saint-Germain vs RB Leipzig/Atletico Madrid)
Considering Stoke developed a reputation for being hard hitting and having Rory Delap's throw ins as a key method of attack, they had a lot of technically gifted players for a time.
Following PSG's win, Choupo-Moting spoke and praised his side's mentality in a 'crazy game.'
"When I came on, I thought to myself, 'We can't lose, we can't go home like that,'" the 31-year-old explained said per Sky Sports.
"I was confident in myself, confident in the team and then the rest is the history of Paris. We had a good feeling in the team. We're enjoying good moments on and off the pitch.
"It was a crazy game, a tough game and opponents. I think we showed till the last moment that we believed in ourselves.
Of all the people it's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who puts PSG ahead in extra-time
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"It wasn't easy because we had some good occasions that unfortunately we couldn't score.
"We've already won four titles this season but the most important is this one. We really believe in ourselves and we did it today. Everybody knows we have top quality individuals, but we wanted to show it also as a team. It's a big step today against a very good opponent. Respect to Atalanta, but I'm very happy we did it."
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